Pastured Eggs • Non-GMO Eggs

Pastured Eggs come from chickens that have been allowed to range the open pastures of SpringWood Organic Farm.

Pastured chickens are not to be confused with Free Range Chickens. Free range chickens need only be provided access to the outdoors to qualify for the Free Range label. Pastured chickens are those that have been raised outside on the pastures with mobile chicken coops for night time roosting. We have been working the soil of our organic farm for 25 years. Our hens eat a varied diet of grasses, insects and worms and their pastured eggs usually have thicker shells and darker, more flavorful yolks. The eggs from our pastured hens are not organic eggs but they are Non-GMO eggs and soy-free eggs.

Non-GMO is a short way of saying “Made Without Genetically Modified Ingredients”
Genetically modified grains are often used to feed layer hens and other animals that produce products for people to eat. Our pastured hens do not eat genetically modified grains.
 
 

Pastured Eggs FAQs

What makes quality pastured eggs?

Good soil is the base for good food!
 Good soil is a long-term project!
Our goal is the best soil for the healthiest plants. These healthy plants make for healthy animals and food. We have been organic and working on our soils for over 25 years. We do this with good grazing management as well as spreading 1-3 tons of compost per acre along with the needed amendments/nutrients to bring a balance of air, water and active microbiology. Live food comes from live soil!

How do you know the layer feed is non-GMO and whether chemicals are used on this grain?

We source our feed from a mill that is Non-GMO Project Verified. This is a testable 3rd party verification that we feel can be trusted similar to the way we trust USDA Organic Certification. But the difference between Project Verification and Organic Certification is that for Verification chemicals are allowed for weed or pest controls while they are not allowed for Organic.

Why is an organic farm using non-organic GMO free feed instead of certified organic feed on the layers?

Good question! The short answer is cost. We would much rather use organic feed (since that also has no GMOs). Feed is the biggest expense with layers and certified organic feed is usually about twice the price. Several years ago the organic certification on the layers was dropped because the market would not support the price needed to be profitable. The qualities of free-range and pastured were more important to our customers than certified organic.

How do you pasture your layer chickens in the winter time?

The short answer is that from December through most of March they are not pastured. We move the entire egg mobiles inside a turkey barn (with lots of space per bird) that is used for turkeys only in the summer and fall. We always eagerly await the warmer temps that allow the hens to be truly pastured again!

Why do you produce soy-free eggs?

There is a growing market for soy-free products and we decided to produce for this market. Please do a Google search for "Dangers of soy" and you will find plenty of info. Soy is the most efficient source of protein for poultry so when it was removed our egg production decreased and has remained lower. This is the reason for the higher price demanded for soy-free eggs.